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Commuters returning to work after the Christmas break are facing big rail fare increases. Season ticket holders are worst affected - paying 4 percent more to travel. Train companies say it's necessary to fund improvements.
But campaign groups say it's the 10th successive above-inflation rise in the last decade, and that passengers still face long delays and overcrowding.
The mid-winter will be bleaker for millions of rail travellers today as inflation-busting fare rises take effect.
Fares are increasing by an average of 3.9%.
The rise follows a miserable few weeks for many commuters in the South West who have had to contend with long delays caused by flooding and signal failures.
Last week, over-running engineering work led to serious over-crowding on some trains.